Definition of play something out in US English:

play something out

phrasal verb

  • Act the whole of a drama; enact a scene or role.

    • ‘Such scenes are played out across the whole of Britain with a fair degree of regularity, though they remain relatively rare north of the border.’
    • ‘Supplemented with archive material that showed how the drama was played out on local TV, it makes compelling viewing.’
    • ‘The little church has seen hundred of years pass by and lives long forgotten have played their dramas out around it.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, due to his fame, the whole scenario was played out in the papers.’
    • ‘Is landscape just merely the indifferent background scene on which our lives are played out or it is integral to who we are and how we feel?’
    • ‘It does, however, offer a far closer insight into the reality of justice, as it is played out every day in our courts, than anything most ordinary people will ever see.’
    • ‘It goes without saying that one sees the full range of human emotion - great life and death dramas are played out before one's eyes.’
    • ‘The saga was played out all this week in the Spanish newspapers.’
    • ‘It is just that, here, all life's dramas are played out in front of the most spectacular backdrop you could hope to find.’
    • ‘Similar scenes have been played out thousands and thousands of times around the country.’
    • ‘On 21st November, 1953, the final scene in the saga was played out.’
    portray, represent, depict, characterize, describe, present
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